Former Clinton advisor Dick Morris says that the "Willie Stark" Bill Clinton is the "real Clinton," that the enraged Clinton is "the man those who have worked for him have come to know."
And there is little doubt that Clinton is used to a fawning press: In the week prior to Wallace's interview, a quick search of LexisNexis revealed that not a single reporter asked Clinton about his administration's negligent handling of terrorism, despite the fact that Clinton ripped the Bush administration's Iraq policy on "Larry King Live" on Sept. 20, and tore into the ABC docudrama "The Path to 9/11" in the weeks leading up to its airdate of Sept. 10.
What did Clinton's rant do for him, politically speaking? It shored up his base at MoveOn.org and Huffington Post -- no small matter, considering that Sen. Hillary Clinton has become a whipping boy for the radical left. Clinton's swipe at Fox News scored him some points with the rest of the mainstream media. His last-ditch effort to paint himself as a security president aided the Democratic Party in its desperate attempt to refocus the security issue for the 2006 election.
In the end, it doesn't really matter whether Clinton's berserk outburst was fake or genuine. His allies on the left are so unbalanced that they are willing to cheer him on even if he's a certifiable Bellevue case. As long as he spouts the conspiratorial talking points, babbles about conservative "hypocrisy" and blames the Bush administration for not catching Osama bin Laden, his followers are satiated. The deranged radical left doesn't want Bill Clinton, circa 1995 -- they want Bill Clinton as Howard Dean. And Clinton always gives his people what they want.